Why Do Felines Like to Pounce While Playing?

Why Do Felines Like to Pounce While Playing?

Felines are independent beings and do not really need anybody around to keep themselves enriched. They have a number of strange behaviours that most pet parents don’t even understand. While playing, they do enjoy a few rounds of stalking and pouncing. Most cat parents wonder why their pet felines pounce on food when they don’t have to actually hunt it. 

The pounce is part of their natural instincts from their wild ancestors. They cannot control certain behaviours as they are embedded deep into their systems. Your furry one’s pounce is just one but of a full sequence of activities that they perform. If we, as pet parents understand even a little bit of this predatory instinct, it’ll help us go a long way with our furry ones.

Serious Stalkers

Felines have an instinct to hunt and catch their prey, even if it’s not needed. Felines tore up their energy and utilize the right amount of energy basis the size of their prey. Domesticated cats too are pretty similar. They sit still and stare or slowly move to an easier position from where they’ll be able to stalk their prey. They don’t waste much time in observing, instead they put themselves in a comfortable spot just to pounce at the right time.

Even if your furry one knows that the prey is not real or alive, he or she will go about doing this predatory dance. This is the reason why your furry one will prefer a toy mouse over a game of throw and chase that you play with your canine. Even if the mouse toy is still, you’ll know that your furry one is taking a stance and getting ready to pounce. Every tiny movement is essential for a successful capture.  

Preparation for the Pounce

Some kittens are known to master the pounce at the young age of just nine weeks. Even senior cats sometimes enjoy the stalk and pounce at least once in a while. Whether young or old, the predatory dance sequence first requires them to spot their prey from a comfortable spot just before they’re ready to pounce. Once your furry one has taken his or her spot, there’ll be a little butt wiggle before he or she is ready to pounce. This butt wiggle helps them focus on their target with the energy that they think will be required. To a bystander, it might seem funny, but actually, it is a crucial step before they pounce. Wiggling and adjusting their rear end helps them get a good leap.

Post Pounce Behaviour

After the successful capture, you’ll notice your furry one just batting around and playing with its new prey for a bit. If the prey is artificial it's okay to let him or her be, but if the prey is alive, your furry one will have the natural instinct to kill it with a bite to the neck. Since felines use most of their energy to capture their prey, they are known to kill faster and with the least amount of effort as possible. To bite the prey, your furry one has to be in the right position which is why he or she tosses the prey around until he or she finds the spot and leans in to bite.

For felines, pouncing is a natural instinct, hence finding toys and playing games that encourage his or her technique just helps them hone their skill further. This game of stalk and pounce is a good exercise for him or her as well as an ideal bonding experience for you both!